PICKPOCKETS often use objects to divert a person’s attention.
One of the oldest tricks is to drop some coins or notes and get someone to help pick it up. Another is to show a map and ask for directions to distract their prey.
On Aug 18, while at a bus stop in Jalan Yong Shook Lin in Petaling Jaya, accountant S. Salim, 38, felt someone reaching into his pocket and grabbing his wallet as he was giving directions to a passer-by.
Before he could get a look at the person’s face, the person had walked off into the evening rush hour crowd while the person who had asked for directions had zipped off.PJ OCPD Asst Comm Arjunaidi Mohamed said crimes of this nature were prevalent in crowded areas such as shopping complexes, bus stops or even as you stand in a queue to pay the bills.
“Pickpockets lurk in markets, shopping complexes and ride crowded buses, hoping for the perfect opportunity to swipe a person’s wallet. Some pickpockets can dip into a person’s pocket so smoothly that the victim would not realise it,” he said. Read more .......